Washington & Lee Grabs ODAC Auto Bid
from press release
LEXINGTON, Va. – The top-seeded and 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team opened with seven unanswered goals and never looked back as it claimed its eighth ODAC Championship in the last 10 years with a 14-6 victory over Lynchburg College in the conference title game on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
The Generals (13-4) assumed a 7-0 lead with 17:25 remaining in the first half as four different players found the net, including junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), who scored two goals each.
Lynchburg (14-4) registered its first goal of the game at the 14:21 mark as junior midfielder Lindsay Gengras (Avon, Conn./Avon) scored on a free position shot, but W&L struck just nine seconds later off an unassisted tally from senior attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) to take an 8-1 lead and the Generals held a 9-1 lead at the break.
The Hornets had a late-game rally, registering four consecutive tallies from four different players to pull within six goals (12-6) with 7:11 remaining in the game. However, they could get no closer as the Generals added two markers late in the game to claim the eight-goal victory and earn their 11th ODAC title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
W&L was paced by Emmy Mathews, Britten Mathews and sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), who finished with three goals apiece. Emmy Mathews and Britten Mathews each added an assists, while McKaig finished with two helpers. Junior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety in net, stopping nine shots.
Lynchburg was led by Gengras, who finished the contest with three goals and one assist. The Hornets also received goals from first-year midfielders Julie Will (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Meredith Stuart (Chapel Hill, N.C./Pomfret School), and junior midfielder Patty Sheahan (Lutherville, Md./St. Timothy's). Sophomore netminder Christina Tran (Sterling, Va./Severn) played all 60:00, collecting eight saves.
The Generals will return to action next Saturday as they host Christopher Newport for senior day. Game time is slated for 2:00 pm.
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